About a year and a half ago, my husband and I bought a cute little brick home in South Carolina. We decided that in order to live in it we would have to completely renovate the entire house. Unfortunately, we were on somewhat of a budget, which meant we could not renovate the entire home at one time or bulldoze and re-build. So we did what any young couple does, renovate in different phases. Hence, phase 1 of our home renovation process. Below is an image of our house before the renovations. Isn’t she cute?
The house looks somewhat like it belongs up north in the Cape Cod area. Right? Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to blog about the process at the time (life and work got in the way), so I thought I’d start sharing with you (through many posts) the process of renovating our kitchen and family room and adding on a new laundry room, mudroom, pantry and powder room. But before we start the design process and home renovation process, I want to share with you the before photos of my home. I cannot wait to show you how we changed everything.
Let’s start with the entry/formal living room, they were one large space combined together. We did make some changes in these spaces but nothing too major. In our phase 2, we will take the roof off and raise the ceilings. Right now, the ceilings are 8′-6″, which in our new addition we changed to 10′-0″ ceilings. I’m not going to give away what we did, I want you to see the process of how we changed the spaces.
This was the dining room. Notice I used the word was.It was a little bitty space, but now it is part of our large kitchen. But don’t you worry, we do still have a formal dining space.
Below are several images of our ‘then’ kitchen. The first shot is through the dining room looking in. Don’t you just love a good galley kitchen cut off from the rest of the spaces? The room with the exterior door is the laundry.
A shot of the kitchen from the laundry room.
Here is the family room. It is a long skinny ‘shot-gun-esque’ type space. It was awful! Awful I tell you! And what makes this even worse, is that the original homeowners had added 12-feet length-wise to the space, making it even longer and narrower.
The laundry room was also an addition by the previous home owners. I won’t complain about the size, because it was awesome! But I cannot complain about my new laundry room because it rocks as well!
Check back tomorrow for some more photos of my persona home renovations (phase 1).